Quentin Williams, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound three-star tight end from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., finished his season with about 22 receptions for over 400 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, he had 89 tackles and helped lead his team to a perfect 16-0 record and the 4A state championship.
"I move well for my size," Williams said. "I have good hands and run good routes."
Williams, ranked as the No. 33 tight end in the country by Scout.com, is also a highly recruited baseball prospect. "I definitely plan on playing both sports in college," Williams said. "I don't really prefer one over the other, but the last couple of years I've really put a lot more time and effort into football and have been more successful at it."
He plays outfield and also pitches and has been projected as a second day draft pick. "I've considered it," he admitted. "But it's probably not a great possibility."
Williams favors Stanford and he visited the Cardinal on Oct. 13. "It's a great opportunity for me to be able to play both baseball and football," he said. "They actually have two guys on the football team now doing both sports and have had guys be successful at it.
"I also really like coach Jim Harbaugh," he said. "He's very straightforward and sincere. I've actually developed a good relationship with all the coaches there already."
The Cardinal lead solidly over Northwestern, Rutgers and Florida, and all have offered except the Gators. "They (Florida) asked for some tape and they might be offering," he said. "If they do, I'll definitely take a look at them too."
Next weekend, Jan. 11, he'll be visiting Northwestern. "They have good academics and they are also recruiting me for both sports," he said. "I'd actually probably have a better chance to play baseball early there, than at Stanford. Also, my brother (redshirt freshman outside linebacker Nate Williams) goes there.
"He actually doesn't give me much advice," he said. "He doesn't need to because I got to see him go through the recruiting process firsthand, so I just learned a lot about it by seeing how he handled everything. For him, it just came down to a gut feeling and I remember when he got back from his Northwestern trip he knew that's where he wanted to go."
Williams also visited Boston College on Nov. 3, but says the Eagles ran out of scholarships. "They're no longer an option.
"I'd like to decide within the next few weeks, but I won't do it before visiting both Northwestern and Rutgers, so it'll probably be towards the end of the month."
While Stanford is the team to beat, Williams says it's not a sure-thing for the Cardinal quite yet. "I really want to make sure I see some other schools before I set myself on Stanford."
He reports a 3.2 core GPA and an 1100 SAT (2-part). Williams says he's already been academically admitted to Stanford.